Launch in style
THE Gunnedah Conservatorium will launch its 2021 program in style, locking in the services of renowned Australian vocalist Emma Pask. Ms Pask's talents are well known around the world and she has wowed local music lovers before, having made the journey a couple of years ago. The singer will perform on April 10 at the Civic Theatre alongside a quartet. Tickets will be $40 for adults and $20 with a student concession, and can be bought through the conservatorium website or by calling the office on 6742 3998.
The CREATE festival is in full swing with 16 days and night of paintings, sculptures theatre, film and workshops. The festival has been developed by a group of Narrabri artists with backing from council. This year the festival will include exhibitions and workshops, as well as a stage show and films. It will end with a closing night party on March 27 at The Crossing Theatre with local band 3LPDS (Three Legged Pigdogs) and Tralala Blip. Bookings and information at www.crossingtheatre.com.au/CREATE. Various. Narrabri.
Festival of Small Halls
The hall may be small but it will host a big event this April. The Festival of Small Halls is making its return to the Currabubula hall on Friday, April 9, with two national acts locked in. Byron Bay singer, ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu and two-piece indie pop-rock band This Way North. Currabubula War Memorial Hall, 6.30pm on Friday, April 9. Buy tickets at https://smallhalls.iwannaticket.com.au/
Bluey's Big Play
Booking + Road Trip
Families will be treated to a great day out when the much anticipated Bluey's Big Play - The Stage Show comes to town. Featuring brilliantly created puppets, Bluey fans will get the chance to see the lovable character and the rest of her gang up close and personal. It will star the Heeler family, Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli, in their first live theatre show. April 21-22, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, 1pm. 45 minutes, no interval. Tickets from evtam.sales.ticketsearch.com.
The Midnight Gang
This play is based on the novel of the same name by comedian David Walliams, this is a tale of nighttime adventures and evil matrons is sure to strike a chord with kids and their carers alike. Each night at the stroke of 12 the Midnight Gang take some amazing journeys, making dreams come true. Midnight Gang, March 27 (12pm), Capitol Theatre Tamworth, Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Peel Street. For children 6-12 and their carers. Check with venue for tickets.
The regional section of the Sydney Film Festival will arrive in Tamworth on March 26-28, bringing with it a showcase of films from Another Round and The Truffle Hunters to A Son, Only Animals and Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles. In total there will be seven films and two documentaries screening. It's a great opportunity to catch some of the best flicks around, popcorn in hand. Forum 6 Cinemas, Tamworth, March 26-28. Full subscription will get you access to unlimited screenings, but capacity is strict limited. Book with the cinema.
Easter + Road Trip
Camping is on the rise as people look to save money and have COVID-19 friendly holidays. As a result more people have been flocking to our beautiful countryside to pitch a tent and have a few adventures. On our doorstep is the Warrabah National park, with the Namoi River providing spots to cool your heels (and the rest of you). There's fishing, swimming, kayaking/canoeing and picnics all to be had. The beautiful landscape around Nundle and Hanging is rich with history - there's gold in them hills. Further afield you can visit the Warrumbungle National Park (a dark sky area, so great for star gazing from your campsite) and the Pilliga National Park (check out the Sculptures in the Scrub). Various
Checking out the new Maize Mill mural? Add the laneway art in the walkway from Conadilly Street to Coles to your itinerary. The work references community groups and Aboriginal culture, as well as the region's art and culture. Spot the green plains, local fishing spots and, of course, Gunnedah's famous koalas in the work.